One of the great challenges of being a music journalist is writing about bands when they've first burst on the scene and they don't have a ton of studio music that they've shared with the world. Imagine the unease you would get if your boss told you to put together a profile on a band with precisely two studio songs (or at least two that are available on Spotify) released for public consumption. But when those two songs are as distinctive as "Hold Me Down" and "Second Night," it makes things a little easier. And Mansionair
already have the "distinctive" game on lock.
Last year's Hold Me Down
EP (which consists of two original songs and then three remixes of one of those songs) is a bold opening mission statement of a band looking to deconstruct the building blocks of a post alt-J pop-rock world. Utilizing the squirmy, electronic beats and anthemic nature that has turned alt-J into Mercury Prize winning icons with elements of St. Lucia-esque chillwave (I get major "All Eyes On You" vibes from "Hold Me Down), Mansionair could make chillwave arena ready, and as someone who's lost plenty of hours lying on his bed listening to Neon Indian and Washed Out, I am down with that sound.
We were lucky enough to have Mansionair play our SXSW showcase in Austin, Texas in March, and the performance will be going live in the days to come. It's a hell of a set that should let all of our readers/viewers know exactly why we're so excited about this upcoming act (and how a band with only two real songs on Spotify already has 2,000,000+ plays for one of those tracks). Check out the trailer for the concert below and get hyped for our upcoming Mansionair set.